Feb 6, 2013 6:30pm EST
? >>> the struggle. new jersey governor chris christie is in the middle of a fight erupting in public over his own weight. tonight what a former white house doctor said about him and how he fired back. >>> and one year from tonight, if you can believe it, opening ceremonies at the winter olympics. tonight we'll show you the resort town packed with palm trees where they hope to have snow on the slopes a year from now. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >> good evening. for the folks who have moved to an all-electronic web-based life, today's news maybe wasn't all that impactful. but for the folks with mailboxes in cities and towns across this country on dirt roads or in apartment buildings, there's always been mail on saturday. six days a week, since the time of abraham lincoln. but today the u.s. postal service says delivering the mail on saturdays must stop. if they are to survive. it's one of two american institutions in the news tonight for differing reasons in changing times. we want to begin tonight with
Feb 6, 2013 5:30pm PST
, chicago. >>> coming up here, as we continue, why chris christie finds himself in a public fight over a private 30-year battle with weight gain. he fires back tonight at a former white house doctor who said she worries about him dying in office. >>> the body weight of the governor of new jersey is making national news tonight, in part because he has joked about it. he has talked about his struggle in a forthright way. but now the story also includes a former white house physician who happens to be a fan of the governor and what she said about the governor's weight that got his attention. our report tonight from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> basically, the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life. >> reporter: chris christie has heard it all before. he's overweight. he's heard and seen all the jokes. many on david letterman. >> the only organization to -- >> reporter: so for this week's face-to-face with dave, christie came armed with not one but two jelly doughnuts. >> i have made jokes about you, not just one or two. not just ongoing here or there, intermittent. but -- >> i didn'
Feb 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
-night showdown and a politician tackling a big issue head-on. >>> new jersey governor chris christie took advantage of his first-ever appearance on david letterman last night to hit a big issue head-on, and it happened right in the middle of their conversation. >> i didn't know this was going to be this long. i'm like basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life. >> the governor insisted his overall health is good, including cholesterol and blood sugar. but then this afternoon, president clinton's former white house physician, dr. connie mariano, was quoted by cnn as saying, i'm worried about this man dying in office. at an afternoon press conference in new jersey, the governor chose to then get serious on the topic of his 30-year struggle with his weight. >> so far, up to 50 years old, i've been remarkably healthy. and, you know, my doctor continues to warn me that my luck is going to run out relatively soon, so believe me, it's something that i'm very conscious of. >> the governor said last night and today, that like all people who struggle with weight, he thinks about